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How AURA Architecture & Interiors will maximise value from your Property Development

AURA Architecture was founded by Ben Richards, who has previously worked with architects, engineers, and one of the most notorious property development companies in the South East of the UK – the Berkeley Group. Ben helped add tens of millions of pounds to the bottom line of some vast property development schemes in SW London.


His team has also worked in-house for property developers running feasibility studies and development appraisals, together with carrying out some of their investments and developments. This is why AURA brings a ‘Maximising’ and ‘Optimising’ mindset to all of our clients’ property development schemes.


Ben runs AURA Architecture with his talented team of Architects and Designers. He also co-owns a property development business named ‘XP Property’ ( to understand the entire property development life-cycle and commercial aspects of any design that AURA creates.


His network of construction professionals, agents, financiers, and designers is a huge asset that he can bring to your property development project. He’s even brokered a cash injection of £270,000 to help one of his developer clients.

So call 0203 189 1619 or email to discuss how AURA can maximise value from your subsequent property development.

Aura kindly carried out some work for me on a small but compact development for me. It required precision, experience and haste, Aura were extremely efficient in all of these areas. I will 100% recommend and use Aura again. I have found although most Architects can delivery quality, it often takes too long or over priced. With Aura you have a great value of service. The team are extremely understand of your requirements, yet confident to make suggestions with a trained eye. Not only do they care about their work but you as a customer too. Thank you Aura, keep up the great work.
Jack Jiggins
XP Property
New-build Streatham

A Design Feasibility will help you figure out how many dwellings you can get on site.

The first place an architect will start with any property development is with a Design Feasibility. This involves reviewing all the relevant site constraints and a space planning exercise to develop and test the site possibilities. The goal of this development feasibility study is to:


  • Establish the project aims

  • Help understand what planning permissions are needed and what is likely to be approved

  • Create a sketch plan of the site

  • Create a Schedule of Accommodation

  • Enable a Quantity Surveyor to put a budget cost analysis together

All of the above will enable property developers and commercial architects to complete their financial appraisals and better understand what value they can offer a vendor for purchasing the land/property.


An AURA design feasibility will start from £1500 + VAT.


The sketch image shown helped one of our developer clients negotiate a site purchase for ten new-build dwellings navigating various constraints such as Tree Preservation Orders (TPO’s), Flood Risk Zones, and a Conservation Area.

AURA Architecture & Interiors are specialists in high-end residential architecture and property developments.

Since 2017 we’ve been designing home extensions and transformations, bespoke new builds, and small property developments for SME Developers across London and the Home Counties.

Our design-led studio creates simple, light-filled spaces that are energy-efficient, sustainable, and maximise space.

The final point above is the most relevant to a property developer like you!

We are experts in maximising space and therefore adding value to your property developments and investment schemes.

Do you need commercial architectural services rather than residential services?  Contact AURA today to find out how we

new build croydon

Developers and property investors need architects that can do this…

Take a look at one of our schemes in Croydon where we added over £1M to the net profit margin.


See the ‘Whitehorse Stables’ development here (opens in new tab) pictured below.

Architects for Developers, by Developers

We not only add value through maximising space for property developers and investors but our AWARD-WINNING design for one of our private homeowner clients was featured in BUILD Magazine 2019. Our Director, Ben, talks briefly about it here….

This is why AURA Architecture is your best choice for your next property development project in London or Surrey. Many of our talented team of architects, designers, and technicians carry out their property developments. Because of this, they understand the whole property life cycle….from finance to utilities to sales brochures and all the other facets of development. Not only do our schemes look great and add value through design, but they also maximise square footage, are practical to build, and are delivered quickly!


Time is money when you’ve bought your site with bridging finance!
We understand your pain!

Talk: How to make your Property Development Sustainable

The Future Homes Standards are due to come into effect in 2025. How could these changes affect you? Watch the video to learn more,

Proud sponsors of Brendan Quinn’s Event in London

Find out how this event could benefit you below.  We look forward to seeing you this year.

If you’re a Property Investor or Developer looking for an Architect, there’s no better choice than AURA Architecture & Interiors.

Our Online Reviews

Scott Robertson
Scott Robertson
June 20, 2023
Professional, reliable, great to work with. Highly recommended if you are renovating your house.
Carina Isabel Lopes De Carvalho
Carina Isabel Lopes De Carvalho
May 2, 2023
It is a company of excellence
Emily Stuart
Emily Stuart
January 25, 2022
I used Aura for a side return and rear extension, and a renovation of my first floor bathroom. I wanted something unique and characterful, with lots of natural light. Aura really went above and beyond my expectations, creating me a space that truly is more than I could have imagined. From the initial consultation, where I felt immediately at ease with the team, to the transparency in their costings, all the way through the design process and project management, Aura have been consistently professional, communicative and flexible. It certainly hasn’t been an easy time for anyone in the industry, but Aura’s solution-first attitude and their adaptability made it so easy to work with them through lockdowns, supply chain challenges, pingdemics and everything in between. It was a true pleasure to work with the team - they really do their utmost to make the process as straightforward, simple and enjoyable as possible. I’d not hesitate to recommend Aura. They team are the perfect balance of creative and practical, imagination and solutions, to make whatever dream you have come to life.
Rob Birkin
Rob Birkin
November 18, 2021
February 9, 2021
I chose to use Aura based on their reviews in June 2020. At first it was a really good experience and I was impressed with their professionalisim. I received my drawings and wasn't completely happy with them. The 4 options I was given were all basically the same thing. They never came to my property to see the space or get a feel for where the light was coming in etc. The bathroom on the drawing didn't make sense as it was so small. (See below). The snug was also like a meter so again didn't make sense. I tried to escalate this to Ben, and I was offered another call but I had lost confidence in them. My neighbour was also doing work on her flat which is a similar layout and in contrast her drawings were really well thoughtout. In the end I had to pay again to get my drawings redone. (Attachment P&S - one example of my new drawings below - the more detailed drawings). I asked Aura for a partial refund as I never actually received a final drawing from them (despite paying for them) and they refused. It was just a disappointing and expensive experience.
Anthony Egan
Anthony Egan
May 22, 2020
I recently contacted Aura Homes Ltd to discuss a small development project. The project was unusual and a lot of factors needed to be taken into account due to the location, site surroundings and practicality of the proposal. I originally discussed it with Ben Richards who I found to be helpful, knowledgable and very accommodating in that he listened intently to give a fair assessment of feasibility. Iris Kouneni was assigned to me and met with me to thoroughly discuss and understand what my intentions were. Like Ben, she digested my layman’s view and proceeded to give me her professional opinion. Iris and Ben were an absolute delight to work with, professional, knowledgeable, enthusiastic and communicative to mention just a few of their qualities. Unfortunately due to the COVID19 lockdown we have had to shelve the project. It's been a pleasure to work with Aura Homes Ltd, refreshingly honest and professional. I look forward to working together with them in the future.
Brendan Quinn
Brendan Quinn
May 20, 2020
Thanks for reading this review. Ben is one of my monthly sponsors of the Property Events that I have run and also of the National Development Summit earlier in 2020. In a business setting I really appreciate Ben's support, particularly during COVid19- Ben had the option of pulling out of my events as a sponsor- as I have had to pivot- moving them online. Ben has continued to support these events as a sponsor, when he could have easily turned his back and moved on. Also at the National Development Summit 2020, Ben could see the effort I had put in to make the event, a great event, and himself and his team also equally put in huge effort. When you organise events, you ideally want things to go smoothly in terms of presenters turning up on time/before time, and with slides which are hassle free, and this Ben has done so. I have been to Ben's office several times and the staff have been really friendly. Ben's knowledge of working at Berkeley Homes, puts his company at a very high level.
Louise Hancock
Louise Hancock
April 13, 2020
Aura Homes is a highly professional firm of architects that always have the clients best interests at hart. The quality of their plans and drawings is superb and their turn-around when making amendments well within expected timelines. For bespoke projects, their research and recommendations (both in terms of quality and costs) is superb.
Harry Bucknell
Harry Bucknell
April 10, 2020
Couldn't recommend Ben and his team more. We were in a really tricky position with our building project and Ben navigated us safely out of it. Superb guidance, great technical knowledge and what I really valued the most was the communication. Always got back to me promptly which makes a real difference when stress levels are high. Thanks Aura!
Eugene Clarke
Eugene Clarke
April 9, 2020
The quality of work from Arua Architecture is to an excellent standard. We worked primarily with Ben and Gabby, they provide a friendly and professional service that minimised the worry and stresses associated with building projects. We hired Aura Architecture to assist us with our building project. We appointed them for the following work: - Regularisation on previous designs - Planning conditions discharge - Building regulation drawings - Detailed designs They came recommended from a Structural engineering company, and we were not disappointed.

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